Research Associate / Research Fellow - Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Project

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1195900

Your new role

Curtin University is embarking on a journey into the past through the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Project, and we're seeking a passionate Research Associate/Research Fellow to lead the inorganic geochemistry aspects of this multidisciplinary endeavour. Located in the heart of Western Australia's Pilbara region, this project offers a rare opportunity to investigate the long-term preservation potential of world-class rock art. If you're ready to contribute to a deeper understanding of our planet's geological and cultural heritage, we invite you to join us.

This exciting project spans disciplines as diverse as engineering, geology, microbiology, and organic geochemistry, and provides an avenue to develop a better understanding of the complex systems that host world class rock art. For more information about this project we encourage you to visit:

In this role you will:

  • Implement Analytical Protocols to collect geological data using instruments including, but not limited to, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis, x-ray diffraction, automated mineral mapping, transmission electron microscopy, and, potentially atom probe analysis. Undertake a range of sample preparation techniques using existing workflows.
  • Geological Data Management: Coordinate the collection, interpretation, and management of geological data. Data interpretation will benefit from a good understanding of mineralogy and aqueous geochemistry.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Engage with diverse project streams to enhance geological understanding across multiple fields. Provide geological expertise across a range of fields, including geochemical data, sample preparation and analysis, geological mapping; aqueous electrochemistry (pH, redox), portable X-ray fluorescence.
  • Field Program Leadership: Coordinate and undertake the inorganic geochemical aspects of the field monitoring program in the Pilbara region.
  • Academic Contribution: Develop educational materials, contribute to co-authoring high-impact journal articles, and engage in teaching related to the project. Document methodologies and lead reporting on the inorganic geochemistry for annual reports and presentations to funding and stakeholder bodies.
  • Mentorship: Train and support casual staff to undertake routine tasks in the laboratory and field.
What You'll Bring:
  • A doctoral qualification in geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, mineral weathering, or a related field.
  • Proven expertise in geochemical analytical techniques and data interpretation.
  • A collaborative spirit, excellent organisational skills, and a commitment to safety and inclusivity.
  • Experience with high-resolution geochemical techniques and field campaign organisation (highly desirable).
  • A history of successful collaboration with Indigenous communities and mentorship of junior staff (highly desirable).

This role will be based at Curtin University (Bentley campus), and will be supported by the broader MRAMP team. Please also note that interstate and/or overseas travel may be required.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Katy Evans, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences via [email protected]

About us

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The School of Earth and Planetary Sciences consolidates geology, advanced analytical techniques, geophysics and more to provide world-class training for geoscientific and geospatial careers, and fundamental and applied research into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system, recognised by the latest Excellence in Research for Australia assessment, where we received the highest possible ranking for our research in geology and geochemistry.

With an impressive suite of facilities and expertise, and a range of funding from academic and industry sources, we undertake research projects all over the world in most fields of geoscience.

For more information on our school, please visit

Curtin University

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant Bentley campus includes a gym, childcare, medical centre, art gallery, hotel, endless food options including a supermarket, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, accessible parking, and excellent public transport connections.

  • Global Excellence:Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings. Geoscience at Curtin University ranks in the Global Top 50.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options*, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent: Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leave (5 days)*, Study Leave, and Community Service Leave. Plus 18% more observed days off - enjoy 12 Public Holidays each year (including Easter Tuesday!), and 2 extra University Days over the Christmas/New Year Period (see EBA 51.1 and 51.9).
  • Recognition for Prior Service: Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be* eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.
  • Health and Wellness: Our on-campus Medical Centre prioritises Curtin staff and students. Join Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program, with up to 2 hours per week of paid time off to engage in University-approved healthy lifestyle activities. Explore Curtin’s wellbeing locations at

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Join us!

Please provide a cover letter, your CV and a separate document addressing the criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role:

  • A doctoral qualification in geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry, mineral weathering, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in relevant research techniques, including, but not limited to, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy and sample preparation for geochemical analytical techniques.
  • Demonstrated competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks, including interpretation of complex textural data and an understanding of the relationships between mineralogy, geochemistry, and aqueous geochemistry.
  • Emerging research track record demonstrating potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational skills.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to the development of a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation, including OHS practices, in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.
  • Demonstrated expertise in high resolution geochemical techniques including automated mineralogy, electron microprobe analysis, transmitted electron microscopy, focused ion beam sample preparation, time-of-flight secondary ion microsocopy, atom probe spectroscopy.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with traditional owners
  • Experience of organizing field campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience managing and teaching casual staff.
Even if you don’t meet all of the above criteria, your unique perspective and skills can contribute significantly to our team. High performing candidates without demonstrated experience relevant to some of these criteria are still encouraged to apply and demonstrate their experience in a relevant space, and/or their ability to quickly develop new skills.

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Applications close: 10pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Tuesday 30th April 2024.

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1) and quote the Job Reference.

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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